Through My Daughters’ Eyes

Another project I am working on is Through My Daughters’ Eyes. For this project I am spending time watching my daughters explore the world and seeking to recapture some of the wonder we lose as we get older. Recently my youngest and I went to the Texas Transportation Museum. There is quite a bit of interesting vehicles and trains there… but she only cared about the trains! I had her help pick what pictures to take and shot most of these from her eye level to aid in seeing things from her perspective.

Here are a few of the photos!

Some Texas, Yesteryear Photos

Well I have certainly learned quite a bit about photography and post-production in the last few months. The result being some re-edits on some of my Texas, Yesteryear photos and finally getting to get to some of the others. There are much more to come, but here is a few for y’all to enjoy. These photos are from Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo.

Trying out new Software

I just got Exposure 2 and Eye Candy 7 from Alien Skin. Just trying out Eye Candy on my logo. This has so much potential and not just for graphic design work!

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Here are a couple of examples of Exposure 2. It features a “film emulator” that can recreate the look of different types of photographic film with digital images. So Cool!

This is definitely something that can help with my Texas, Yesteryear project!

Faithless Heathen

Another outstanding explanation of how I view things as a Heathen from a man I am honored to call friend.

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Odin PictureOne of the hardest concepts for me to adjust to when I came to Heathenry was the growing fear that I was doing it wrong, as the deeper into Heathenry I went, the less faith I had.  Now for those of you who are assuming that I was growing to trust the teachings of Heathenry less, or hold our gods in lesser reverence, I think it important to take a second to talk about the definition of faith that we inherit from a Christian European tradition.
Faith, in religious terms is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as follows:
a (1) :  belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) :  belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion

b (1) :  firm belief in something for which there is no proof clinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return (2) :  complete trust

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Photo shoot: Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo

Here is a preview of a few of the images from my recent trip to Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo in San Antonio, Texas.

These are part of my Texas, Yesteryear project.

Never Forgotten

This time of year always has emotional impact for me. Having grown up as a navy brat and then serving in the army, I have had many experiences that have shaped my views about what Memorial Day is all about. Regardless of politics, regardless of religious beliefs, regardless of all the divisive issues and subjects in our world today, remember what today is about. It is about honoring those who have given their lives in service to our nation. You don’t have to agree with why they fought or where they fought. But you should respect that they did it.

So Hail to those who have gone before us! May we be worthy of the sacrifices they made!

A sneak peek of “Texas, Yesteryear”

Texas, Yesteryear is a photographic homage to the rich history of Texas capturing images of historic locations and monuments throughout the state. History is a rich tapestry that impacts the present and future in many ways. In my mind, the subject of history often reminds me of the sepia and cyanotype images of old photographs. And memory can be somewhat fuzzy in that it clearly recalls central things while leaving the edges patchy and irregular. To capture this sense of history, these photographs are rendered in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop into vintage-looking images. To convey the sense of memory they are then given irregular paint-like vignettes and an overall hint of painterly effect.

I delight in learning about history and strive to honor those who have come before us. And I can think of no better way to share this than through the lens of my art.